Richard Pettibone, ‘Stella Saskatoon 1968’, 1978, Painting, Acrylic on canvas, Robert Fontaine Gallery
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Richard Pettibone

Stella Saskatoon 1968, 1978

Acrylic on canvas
6 × 12 in
15.2 × 30.5 cm
.
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Miami Beach
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Hand-signed by artist, Titled, ‘Frank Stella Saskatoon 1968’ & signed, and dated ‘Richard Pettibone 1978’ on verso
Richard Pettibone
American, b. 1938
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As a young painter, Richard Pettibone began replicating on a miniature scale works by newly famous artists, and later also modernist masters, signing the original artist’s name as well as his own. His versions of Andy Warhol’s soup cans, Jasper Johns’ flags, Frank Stella’s black paintings, and countless more works by Roy Lichtenstein, Marcel Duchamp, Piet Mondrian, and Constantin Brancusi—all pocket-sized to evoke the intimacy of the model trains he loved as a child—incited considerable controversy. Pettibone is often seen has having paved the way for 1980s appropriation art, raising questions about the ownership of ideas and the nature of originality that are still debated today. Writing in The New York Times, Roberta Smith notes that something besides imitation prevails in his work: “formal rigor, the personalizing effects of scale and touch, faith in materials as carriers of artistic meaning and, above all, hard-nosed, even hypercritical reverence.”

Richard Pettibone, ‘Stella Saskatoon 1968’, 1978, Painting, Acrylic on canvas, Robert Fontaine Gallery
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About the work
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Hand-signed by artist, Titled, ‘Frank Stella Saskatoon 1968’ & signed, and dated ‘Richard Pettibone 1978’ on verso
Richard Pettibone
American, b. 1938
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As a young painter, Richard Pettibone began replicating on a miniature scale works by newly famous artists, and later also modernist masters, signing the original artist’s name as well as his own. His versions of Andy Warhol’s soup cans, Jasper Johns’ flags, Frank Stella’s black paintings, and countless more works by Roy Lichtenstein, Marcel Duchamp, Piet Mondrian, and Constantin Brancusi—all pocket-sized to evoke the intimacy of the model trains he loved as a child—incited considerable controversy. Pettibone is often seen has having paved the way for 1980s appropriation art, raising questions about the ownership of ideas and the nature of originality that are still debated today. Writing in The New York Times, Roberta Smith notes that something besides imitation prevails in his work: “formal rigor, the personalizing effects of scale and touch, faith in materials as carriers of artistic meaning and, above all, hard-nosed, even hypercritical reverence.”

Richard Pettibone

Stella Saskatoon 1968, 1978

Acrylic on canvas
6 × 12 in
15.2 × 30.5 cm
.
Contact For Price
Location
Miami Beach
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Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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